Wedding Doll

 

Wedding Doll website and inside brochure imageDate: Monday, April 4
Time:
7:30 pm
Location:
The Gershman Y
Director: Nitzan Gilady
Genre: Narrative
Country: Israel
Year: 2015
Running Time: 82 min
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles

Philadelphia Premiere Co-Sponsored by the Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia

PJFF Screening (Monday, April 4, 7:30 pm)
IFF Screening (Sunday, April 3, 7:00 pm @ The Ritz East)

Heart wrenching performances, assured direction, and striking cinematography illuminate this award-winning first Feature for Israeli director Nitzan Gilady. This compelling, coming-of-age tale is set in a small town in southern Israel’s Negev dessert. Hagit (Moran Rosenblatt), socially scarred by a childhood bullying incident and struggling with a mild learning disability, lives with her nurturing, yet overbearing mother, Sarah (Assi Levy). A sensitive dreamer with a beaming smile and tenacious temperament, Hagit enjoys work at a toilet paper factory where she has fallen for Omri (Roy Assaf), her boss’s handsome son. But like any young and beautiful woman, Hagit aspires to be something more. Asserting her independence, Hagit finds refuge and satisfaction in spending her evenings sketching out wedding dress designs and modeling miniature bride-dolls from left over toilet paper rolls. Upon learning about the imminent closing of the toilet paper factory, Hagit’s evening pastime intensifies into an impossible fantasy, forcing Sarah to come to terms with her daughter’s precarious grip on reality. As Omri prepares his own exit strategy, Hagit’s road to self-discovery leads to an unexpected end.

“Instead of trying to create a pitiable portrait of a woman fighting against the odds, Gilady places a thoughtfully developed character in a complex and imperfect world, showing what happens when her innocence is confronted by human hypocrisy and generalized cruelty.” – Robert Bell, Exclaim.ca

Awards & Honors
Official Selection of Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival, Atlanta JFF, Miami JFF, New York JFF, and Washington JFF
Nominated for nine Israeli Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Award)
Moran Rosenblatt, Winner of Best Actress Ophir Award
Winner of Best Costume Ophir Award
Winner of Best Debut Israeli Film, Best Actress, and Best First Feature at Jerusalem Film Festival

Special Guests: Director Nitzan Gilady and Actress Moran Rosenblatt (guests will be in attendance at both screenings)

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